Letters to the editor

April 30, 2009

By Contributor

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City leaders are wasting time, tax dollars changing signs

I’d like to contribute my opinion regarding the recent budget proposals created by Newcastle leadership.As a crusader for common sense, it is unbelievable to me that the city of Newcastle is redoing its signs. I don’t believe I am alone when I say that I find the current logo and signage historical and appropriate. I like it, and I see no reason to change it outside of giving business to local sign makers. (We are having local business owners work on this, right?)

I find this project to be highly offensive to our residents. We have elected our officials to make our town a better place, not give it unnecessary makeovers. 

The choices our local elected officials are making are beyond irresponsible. Some of our officials are in the real estate industry — perhaps the lack of their own business has spurred such projects; I just see no other purpose than boredom for its conceptualization. 

It’s high time for citizens to put a stop to wasteful spending of our tax dollars. Instead of giving Newcastle a superficial makeover, why don’t we put those funds to better use, say bringing in businesses to replace the unsightly and hazardous industrial area behind the QFC on Coal Creek Parkway? I am sure there are handfuls of better uses for the funds available.

Saying that I am disappointed in our elected officials’ decision-making and ability to prioritize is an understatement. I challenge Newcastle residents to band together and put this nonsense to bed.

Valerie McFarling



Newcastle News is the primary source of Newcastle information

We, the Board of Hazelwood Community Association, are supporting the city’s use of the Newcastle News in concert with other media to facilitate dialogue with residents and concerned citizens. The recent survey on garbage usage utilized direct mail, the Internet and the newspaper. We believe the results are a thoughtful gauge of what Newcastle residents think and want.

We like the approach and your publishing of the results. 

Utilizing this survey information should give you all a clearer and more accurate picture when making solid waste policy and decisions.

We do believe the cornerstone for our public forum should continue to be the city’s City Beat in Newcastle News. In terms of households reached, Newcastle News is the primary source of Newcastle information.

Direct mailings work well for specific issues, like the solid waste survey. They can be costly and wasteful if not thoughtfully developed. For example, when the 40-plus attendees at our annual public meeting in March were asked for their opinion, the city’s end-of-year mailer elicited no positive comments. Many did not recall receiving the mailer. A lot more however did remember the survey.

The city’s Web site is improving and the blog is fostering discussion on select issues. Web usage is increasing. We encourage and are directing folks there. 

We are big supporters of open dialogue and thoughtful discussion. We support our city information in multiple forms and directly asking for feedback.

Please continue to utilize all reasonable media options, starting with Newcastle News.

Stuart Allen 

President of the Hazelwood Community Association

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